InterContinental undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation

Fahad Ibrahim Al-Sayegh (left), general manager of InterContinental Al-Jubail, and Ali Al-Agnam, director of sales and marketing.
Updated 05 March 2018
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InterContinental undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation

InterContinental Al-Jubail, a five-star luxury hotel in the Eastern Province industrial city of Jubail, has announced the fast progress of its multimillion-dollar renovation project comprising 300 guest rooms, a banquet hall, meeting rooms, restaurants and large utility areas. The announcement was recently made by Fahad Ibrahim Al-Sayegh, general manager of InterContinental Al-Jubail.
“The full renovation included a top-to-bottom refurbishment of guest rooms, corridors, and a fitness center,” said Al-Sayegh.
He said that the hotel rooms, including suites, received new beds, furniture, hardwood flooring, bathroom updates and headboards with reading lamps and other luxury décor, with high-speed Internet and other technology features.
“This huge renovation aims to establish InterCon as the global brand of choice, as we spent more than $150,000 on renovating each guest room,” said Al-Sayegh.
“Here you can relax in the lap of an elegant resort, ask the concierge to arrange a day of fishing and diving over coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf, or sail back for sunset drinks and a lavish dinner,” said the hotel’s general manager.
He pointed out that the hotel offers the guest a choice of four different food and beverage outlets, which serve a wide range of Arab and international cuisines. The hotel’s Al-Tuwayah Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers lavish buffets and theme nights. The specialty restaurants include Al-Diwan Lebanese Restaurant and Tex-Mex Mexican Restaurant, which are highly recommended by tour operators. The fourth one is a restaurant on the beach, where guests can enjoy food amid nature’s serenity and beauty.
Commenting on the nationalization of the workforce in the hospitality sector, Al-Sayegh said: “About 40 percent of our staff are Saudis ... we run different types of training programs with an aim to train and hire young Saudi boys and girls.
“More Saudis will join our hotel and eventually the hospitality sector as the Kingdom has opened several avenues including the entertainment sector.”
Al-Sayegh, along with Al-Ali Agnam, director of sales and marketing, gave an overview of the facilities for business meetings and weddings at the hotel.
“The hotel has a large banquet hall besides six small meeting rooms, which are regularly booked by giant companies such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC, SATORP and other multinational companies. In fact, the hotel has been ranked as the best value property in Jubail, where guests get more for their money when compared to other properties in the Eastern Province,” Agnam said.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”